Another cable has been cut, leaving 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE affected. This is, currently, the fifth cable being cut. All five cables are operated between two operators under the Mediterranean Sea.
Internet traffic, voice calls and video traffic has been affected.
The five cable cuts have also affected 60 million users in India, 12 million in Pakistan, 6 million in Egypt and 4.7 million in Saudi Arabia. The cables have been identified as SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Malaysia, FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai cost, FALCON in Iran and another cut in the SeaMeWe-4 also near Alexandria.
The first cut occured on January 23 on the FALCOM cable and was not reported. This has not been repaired and the cause remains unknown.
Now, conspiracy theories have been spread across the web with one going so far to say this is a prelude to World War III, according to CNET’s Charles Cooper.
Undersea cables being cut have been rare, with the last one affecting Australia was when an earthquake damaged the Southern Cross cable; affecting traffic on Optus, Internode and other ISPs using the line. Southern Cross is owned both by Optus (via Singtel), Telecom New Zealand and Verizon.